LIT study highlights student experience of sexual aggression

first_img Previous articleNew phase of Wild Atlantic Way to include LimerickNext articleOpinion – World in Union #RWC2015 Staff Reporter Advertisement Linkedin WhatsApp Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ONE in every four students have experienced unwanted and aggressive sexual behaviour, including groping, sexualised verbal abuse and unwanted sexual contact, according to a study conducted at a Limerick third level college.Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) research collective, Social Science ConneXions, has found that up to 25 per cent of students surveyed earlier this year reported having experienced a “sexually unwanted or aggressive incident”.The survey was conducted online across all four LIT campuses. 338 responses were received and the key findings also showed that five per cent had experienced a non-consensual sexual encounter and five per cent of male respondents had experienced a sexually unwanted or aggressive incident.Karen Sugrue, Sociology lecturer and researcher with Social Science ConneXions said that while there was an enormous amount of evidence that students were particularly vulnerable to sexual assault and unwanted sexual behaviour, they wanted to find out if this was also the case for LIT students.“We’re delighted with the response from the management team at LIT who have taken the issue extremely seriously”, she added.LIT lecturer Jennifer Moran Stritch, who is director of the Loss and Grief research group, said that some people believed that the only type of sexual assault is rape.“We are also aware of the importance of verbal abuse, atmosphere and the sense of feeling intimidated. We want our students to live and study in an environment where they feel safe and know how and where to access supports should they need them”.Mairead Keogh, Vice President of LIT Students Union said that prevention of unwanted or aggressive incidents was the key to ensuring a safer environment for students and the students union strongly support the measures implemented.LIT Registrar Terry Twomey said that LIT had an exemplary record in student safety on campus.“We have had no reported incidents here at LIT, and we take pre-emptive action through our Student Safety Programme to ensure that we maintain our exemplary record. Nonetheless, as part of LIT’s Student Safety Programme, our Social Science Connexions unit carried out a small pilot survey of students on any experience of sexual harassment they might have had”.He added that because LIT had no reported incidents, the negative experiences reported most likely related to life off-campus.“Still, the institute is taking no chances. Last week, LIT introduced a new presentation on consent to all new students as part of our Student Safety Programme. LIT is leading the sector in this way and our objective is to maintain our exemplary record of student safety,” he concluded.National research indicates that only about 1 in 10 incidents are reported. To address this and support students, LIT ran a programme of discussion about consent during September induction days for 1st year students that ties in with the No Grey Areas campaign launched nationally by Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform, Francis Fitzgerald, last Friday. Emailcenter_img Print Twitter Facebook NewsLIT study highlights student experience of sexual aggressionBy Staff Reporter – September 24, 2015 1100 last_img read more

Police in riot gear called to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry last night

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2010 AFCON: Siasia, Udeze Warn S’Eagles over ‘Easy’ AFCON Opponents

first_imgSamson Siasia Former Super Eagles striker and head coach Samson Siasia believes Nigeria are in an easy group at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations but has also admonished the team to be wary of the hunger of the supposedly weaker opponents.Siasia spoke with Brila FM Friday on the possibility of other teams in the Group B of the tournament to shock the three-time African champions.Nigeria’s Group B opponents are Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar with their matches to hold June 22, 26 and 30. “I think we have the weakest group at the AFCON to me, and I don’t think we will have a problem getting out of that group. “We should be talking about getting to the next round.“But these guys we call weaker countries will try to make impressions at the AFCON if we allow them so preparations have to be good.‘’The team (Super Eagles), they have to pick the right players without sentiments, that’s the only way we can get to the quarterfinals and semifinals of the Nations Cup,” Siasia, a winner of the AFCON with Nigeria in 1994 told Brila FM.Siasia, however, did not qualify with the team to the 2012 AFCON with Nigeria as head coach.Meanwhile, former Super Eagles goalkeeping coach Joe Erico added his voice to the theme of not underrating the Group B opponents as Burundi and Madagascar make their debuts while Guinea are set for a 12th appearance at the tournament.“Yes, there are no more minnows in football but shoe get siz e. Everybody wants to beat Nigeria whether they qualified for the AFCON or not so we must be serious,” the Jogo Bonito exponent stated.On his part, former Super Eagles defender Ifeanyi Udeze spoke on accordin g respect to the other teams.“Any team that qualified for the AFCON, you must respect them. It’s not fear of the teams but you must be professional and play every team same way otherwise you could be down 1-0 to a team and before you know it lose to them because you underrated them,” the one-time West Brom left back stressed.center_img Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more